There has been a lot of speculation about where Chelsea Handler would go after her E! series Chelsea Lately ends its seven-year run on August 26th—late night? later night?—and the final, increasingly-popular decision was announced today: Netflix.
Deadline explains the (familiar) premise:
Like her E! late-night show, which will end its seven-tear run on August 26, the Netflix talker will feature Handler's unfiltered opinions on topics of the day as well as guest interviews.
The show's frequency and timing have not yet been determined, but Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos hints that it will probably be in line with the way other Netflix original content has been released:
"The Internet has disrupted many of the conventions of traditional television and together with Chelsea Handler, Netflix is looking forward to reimagining the late night talk show for the on-demand generation, starting with the late night part."
In a statement about the deal, Handler says:
"If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested. I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move. I'm more excited than I've been in awhile, and the team at Netflix is the most forward thinking, alert group I've sat down with in ages. No offense to the Shahs of Sunset."
Handler reportedly cited no longer wanting to discuss celebrity culture as one of her reasons for wanting to end Chelsea Lately (which is weird, because it's perfect and you sleep so well at night!), so it will be interesting to see if she sticks to that divide.
She'll also tape a one-hour comedy special during her "Uganda Be Kidding Me" tour for Netflix, as well as a few docu-comedy specials featuring, according to Deadline, "her efforts to gain a better understanding on a variety of subjects ranging from NASCAR to politics and from Silicon Valley to the NBA draft."
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